Intermittent fasting is a natural detoxification and ancient healing practice that has yielded results for Chronic Lyme patients. When you are looking to heal from Lyme, what you eat is critical but so is when you eat it! When the body goes through a fasting period (minimum of 12 hours), it enters into a state of improved cognition, digestion, and energy use. Your body has burnt through the glycogen stores and is now using fatty acids to create energy.
Research has shown that when the body goes into a fasting period, it activates a process called autophagy. Autophagy is your body clearing out old, damaged components leading to improved cellular function and, specifically, a decrease in Borrelia-burgdorferi induced inflammation (study from The Journal of Leukocyte Biology).
Adding intermittent fasting to your daily routine will be challenging; there’s no way around it, mainly if you are used to the typical eating style of the morning through the night, but the challenge is worth the improvement.
The shortest style of fasting requires you to stop eating between dinner and breakfast. An example would be from 8 pm to 8 am
The most practiced style of fasting has you eat in an eight-hour window and fast for the rest of the day// an example would be from 8 am to 4 pm
This is an advanced fasting style and definitely not recommended for beginners since a full day of not eating can be challenging and result in lightheadedness and fatigue. However, for those ready, this could be a great boost to your system.